Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

The Widening and ERA part of Horizon Europe supports the strategic priorities of the European Research Area. It shall contribute to reducing the innovation divide and the geographical disparities in R&I performance. It supports access to excellence for researchers across Europe, to foster participation and collaboration, while it promotes gender equality, open access and open science, R&I integrity and Ethics.

The horizontal activity ‘widening and ERA’ has 2 components: (1) Widening participation and spreading excellence, and (2) Reforming and Enhancing the European R&I system.

1. Widening participation and spreading excellence

Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence actions under Horizon Europe, contribute to building research and innovation capacity for countries lagging behind. They will strengthen their potential for successful participation in transnational research and innovation processes, promote networking and access to excellence. Participants in the programme will be able to upgrade their research and innovation systems, making them stronger and allowing the EU as a whole to advance together, in line with the policy objectives of the European Research Area.

Areas of intervention : teaming, twinning, ERA chairs, COST actions (European Cooperation in Science and technology)

2. Reforming and Enhancing the European R&I system

Policy reforms at national level will be mutually reinforced and complemented through the development of EU-level policy initiatives, research, networking, partnering, coordination, data collection and monitoring and evaluation.

All funding information and details on how to apply are on the Funding and Tenders portal


Work Programme

Funding opportunities under Horizon Europe are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available.

Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area work programme

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